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Britain does Big Projects

The fantastic success of the Olympics has given the world a clear demonstration that Britain knows how to do big infrastructure projects. This is a big turnaround from most of the post war period when project after project went wrong, was late, or massively overspent. An interesting programme by the BBC’s Evan Davies investigated this and identified High Speed 1, the rail link from London to the Channel Tunnel, as being the turning point. Although there were numerous false starts...

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Designing a Warehouse – Why it’s not as easy as it looks

So, you're thinking about designing a warehouse? It seems quite straight forward – call a racking supplier, ask them to draw you a layout, and there you have it. Well actually, in this case what exactly do you have? The answer is lots of storage capacity but not much else. That’s fine if you are just storing and moving pallets (provided you have left enough marshalling area) but if you have a case picking, or woe betide you, a singles...

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Warehouse Design – Designing a Distribution Centre

Design is one of those activities that everyone gets involved with from time to time, whether it’s for the house, for the garden, or just a hobby. So why should designing a Distribution Centre be any different? It’s true that the same fundamental principles apply, but does the application of these principles, or even the application of a set process, produce the required results? An example I can use to demonstrate this point is following a cookery recipe. By the...

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Harnessing the Global Wealth Chain

No-one was surprised at the announcement of cuts in government expenditure and increases in taxes. We all knew it was going to happen, whatever the colour of the new Government, and we will all have to live with it and pay the cost. Nevertheless, despite the global financial turnmoil and the recession, and despite the pain of higher taxes, UK citizens are still near the top of the league of world wealth, measured broadly as gross domestic product per capita....

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Using a Construction Consolidation Centre to reduce waste and carbon emissions

This guidance document has been developed by The Logistics Business and WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) to give construction clients and contractors an overview of when they should consider a Construction Consolidation Centre (CCC), and an indication of some of the costs and benefits associated with this. It is intended to review how the operation of a CCC impacts on a supply chain and the typical barriers to setting one up.The purpose of this report is therefore to...

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